1.Job Title:Procurement Assistant

1.Job Title:Procurement Assistant

1.Job Title:Procurement Assistant

2.Duty Station (city, country):Simferopol, Crimea

3.Category (pick one):

  • Management

4.Type of Contract (pick one): SC

5.Starting Date: 08/01/2009

6.Application Deadline :07/17/2009



The Crimea Integration and Development Programme is a joint initiative of the international donor community lead by the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine and supported by international development agencies operating in this country. The current goal of the Programme is to provide assistance to republican and local authorities, representatives of territorial communities and their organizations in seeking and implementing long-term sustainable and effective solutions for social and economic problems at the grassroots and coping with the development issues faced by the multi-ethnic population of Crimea.

The UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme (CIDP) was established in 1995 in response to the complex challenges faced by Crimea as a result of the largely spontaneous mass return of more than 260,000 formerly deported people (mainly Crimean Tatars) since 1989 and the social and economic collapse following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Responding to the needs of an evolving situation in Crimea over the last 14 years, CIDP applied different approaches in different programme phases. Following an emergency response approach during the first two phases (1995 – 2000), the programme has been shifting to a social mobilization approach during its third phase (2001 – 2004), while during the fourth phase (2005 – 2007) CIDP complemented this with an integrated approach to regional development in Crimea that goes beyond the community level to intervene at the policy level

For its fifth phase (2009 to end 2011), the main goals of the Programme have been reviewed carefully. The Programme will not only consolidate its work but it will ensure that Crimea’s institutions, processes and partnerships are strong and sustainable to allow for the region’s sustainable socio-economic development, taking into account its ethnic and cultural diversity.

Four strategic directions will be adopted to fulfill this main goal:

  1. To continue working on the disseminating the community mobilization approach that CIDP has implemented in Crimea’s rural territories since 2002 – community mobilization is considered as an essential first step towards territorial development
  2. To develop effective models for increased rural livelihoods and improved social services – This covers the need to diversify economic opportunities of rural population, to create effective information spaces for remote villages and to further disseminate the principle of tolerance promoting whole school approaches in rural schools
  3. To further develop sound democratic governance principles and help institutionalize them among stronger rural communities and more competent authorities – These principles are essential to achieve a participatory approach to local sustainable development.
  4. To help develop, at Republican level, effective socio-economic monitoring and public dialogue on Crimea’s sustainable development issues. Such capabilities are important to form a clear strategic development vision for Crimea among republican parliamentary and administrative structures.

Description of Responsibilities:

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Human Resources and Administration Manager and the overall supervision of the International Programme Coordinator (IPC), the Procurement Assistant provides procurement services ensuring high quality and accuracy of work. The Procurement Assistant promotes a client, quality and results-oriented approach in the Unit.

The Procurement Assistant works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects staff in the CIDP and UNDP Country Offoce (CO) staff to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.

Summary of Key Functions:

Implementation of operational strategies;

Support to procurement processes;

Implementation of sourcing strategy;

Provision of logistical services;

Support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing.

Functional responsibilities:

  1. Ensures implementation of operational strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Full compliance of procurement activities with UN/UNDP rules, regulations, policies and strategies.
  • Provision of inputs to the CIDP Procurement business processes mapping and elaboration of internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in Procurement and Logistics in consultation with the direct supervisor and office management.
  1. Supports procurement processes for CIDP and at the request of other Agencies focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Provision of inputs to preparation of procurement plans for the office.
  • Support to organization of procurement processes including preparation of Request For Quotations (RFQ), Invitation To Bids (ITB) or Request For Proposals (RFP) documents, receipt of quotations, bids or proposals, their preliminary evaluation.
  • Preparation of Purchase Orders (PO) and contracts in and outside Atlas (UNDP corporate ERP system), preparation of Recurring Purchase Orders for contracting of services, vendor creation in Atlas, maintenance of the filing system in the procurement Unit.
  • Fulfilling Buyer’s function in Atlas.
  • Implementation of the internal control system which ensures that Purchase orders are duly prepared and dispatched. Timely corrective actions on POs with budget check errors and other problems.
  • Provision of information for preparation of cost-recovery bills in Atlas for the procurement services provided by UNDP to other Agencies.
  1. Contributes to implementation of sourcing strategy focusing on achievement of the following result:
  • Update of the rosters of suppliers
  1. Ensures provision of logistical services focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Purchase of tickets (in case of nessesity) and PO preparation; arrangement of shipments; vehicle maintenance organization; conference facilities arrangements.
  • Timely conducted Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA), Travel Agencies, vehicle maintenance, hotel and conference facilities surveys.
  1. Supports knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CIDP focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Participation in the trainings for the operations/ projects staff on Procurement.
  • Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  1. Performing duties of HR /Administrative Assistant in case of necessity.
  1. Performing other duties as may be required by CIDP Management.

Impact on results:

The key results have an impact on the execution of the CIDP procurement services management in terms of quality and accuracy of work completed. Accurate data entry, presentation of information and client-oriented approach enhances UNDP CIDP capability in provision of procurement services.

Reporting structure:

The incumbent will report to the Human Resources and Administration Manager on a weekly basis (minimum) and at the end of each month to review progress made on the Operationl Plan’s implementation. In the absence of the direct supervisor, the Procurement Assistant will report to the IPC.

Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:

  • Quality of work;
  • Relations with colleagues and ability to be an effective team player;
  • Initiative;
  • Technical Skills;
  • Knowledge of required procedures;
  • Communication and listening skills;
  • Partnering and networking.

Competencies :

  • Ability to display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Ability to actively work towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, act on learning plan and apply newly acquired skills
  • Ability to perform a variety of standard tasks related to contract and procurement management, including screening, collecting and preparation of documentation, data processing, preliminary bids evaluation, filing, provision of information


  • University Degree in Business or Public Administration; specialized training in procurement would be desirable.
  • Minimum two years of relevant administrative experience is required at the national or international level. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Fluency in verbal and written English, Russian and Ukrainian languages.